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The French Evolution




Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: NHL, Playoffs,

Mike CammalleriWith yet another Game 7 road victory to clinch a series against one of the toughest teams in hockey, can anybody seriously stop these surging Habs? The one-time Cinderella Canadiens have now become the team to beat. Anything less than a Stanley Cup victory for Montreal may actually be seen as an upsetting finish now that they have brushed off both Ovechkin’s Capitals and Crosby’s Penguins. They’ll face either Philadelphia or Boston in the third round.

The Flyers would be the easier match for Montreal. Despite making quick work of the Devils in the opening round, Philly struggled just to make the postseason, and fell behind Boston 3-1 in this series. Now that they’re going to a Game 7, they’ll no doubt be battered, bruised, and bushed if they advance. That gives Montreal a significant upper hand early in the series, who will have rested since Wednesday and will be riding momentum through the weekend.

Boston will be a tough for the Canadiens, but a measure of redemption may be in store. Boston made short work of the Canadiens in the 2009 NHL playoffs, sweeping away the Habs in four straight in the opening series. For the first time since before even that series a year ago, Montreal will be the Goliath to their opponents’ David, and maybe not even the incredible play of Tuukka Rask will be able to match that of Jaroslav Halak.

The Canadiens are making these playoffs fun to watch. Whether you love them for taking out the two biggest names in the game, or you hate them for the exact same reasons, it’s easy to get into watching this story unfold. An unceremonious exit to an unworthy Bruin or Flyer team in the Conference Final would be devastating for both the Habs and hockey, so unless you’re a diehard fan of either of those teams, do yourself a favor and cheer for Montreal to win at least one more round. After that, all bets are off.

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